How our process works

Grant Process

The Leonard-Litz Foundation reviews grant proposals on a quarterly basis. Grant proposals which are approved by the Foundation’s Trustees will be funded in the quarter following their submission.  Quarters are defined as such:

Q1 =  January thru March   Q2 = April thru June    Q3 = July thru September   Q4 = October thru December

We offer some additional guidance on budgets for new programs and services:  We understand that it might be necessary to augment existing staff and/or to add space to deliver a new or expanded program or service.  However, we seek proposal budgets that strike a balanced allocation of funding across additional line items to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community will be directly enriched by the delivery of the proposed program or service. Writing your grant proposal budgets accordingly would make it more competitive for funding.

PHASE 1: Submit a grant proposal

The first step is to complete a grant proposal using our website’s grant proposal form. The application should provide a full description of your organization, the work being proposed, the funding required, and how the funding will be used to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Be sure to upload the requested documents.

PHASE 2: Review of grant proposals 

The grant review team will look over your grant proposal.  If any further information is necessary, we will contact you. The grant proposal may be dispositioned one of two ways:

  1. Approve the grant proposal and schedule a call with your organization to discuss the proposal in more detail.  If necessary, we may request additional documentation.
  2. Recommend you seek funding from another source more closely aligned with the work being done by your organization.

PHASE 3: Review grant applications and disposition

The grant review team will look over every grant proposal in detail, with special consideration given to understanding what metrics will be used to measure success in improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. If any further information is necessary, we will contact you with questions.  The grant application will be dispositioned one of two ways:

  1. Approve the grant proposal. You will receive an email with the details of your grant award and next steps, including how the funding will be disbursed.
  2. Recommend you seek funding from another source more closely aligned with the work being done by your organization.